Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Summer Ambassadors: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Video: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform Drive All Night in Gothenburg, Sweden on July 28, 2012.

Tonight, July 31, 2012, in Helsinki, Finland,  the indefatigable Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band just finished one of their  most powerful European music tours with the longest show of their career. The show in Helsinki began with an impromptu pre-show set of songs with just Bruce and an acoustic guitar.

Video: Bruce Springsteen - No Surrender - acoustic solo - Helsinki July 31, 2012

Video: Bruce Springsteen, Helsinki 31.7.2012 - Back In Your Arms

The show ended not long ago with a run time of just over four hours.

Video: I Don't Want to Go Home - Bruce Springsteen in Helsinki July 31, 2012

This summer, Springsteen and the E Street Band were true American cultural ambassadors as they roamed across Europe armed with searing music and goodwill. The presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, could learn a thing or two about international relations from Bruce and the band.

Video: Jake Clemons' Sax solo from Jungleland live on July 28, 2012 in Gothenburg, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Video: Bruce Springsteen and Little Steven performing We Shall Overcome in Oslo, Norway, in memory of the 77 Norwegians murdered on the 22nd of July 2011.

"Steve and I are honored to be included here tonight, and for all of us who love democracy and tolerance, it was an international tragedy," Bruce told the assembled crowd in Oslo. "I want to send this out as prayer for a peaceful future for Norway, and dedicate it to the families who have lost their loved ones."
-Bruce Springsteen

Song by Song Reviews of Wrecking Ball on Speed of Life:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Art of Gregg Chadwick Featured in The Scream - Journal of the Arts

" We need to embrace the beauty of Art to grace our lives and hope that the fruit of the Muses will prevail. I maintain that our salvation may lie in the hands of those who embrace beauty, those in whose works celebrate the majesty and purity of life itself."
Stuart Vail, Editor

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

La Vita Trasparente (The Transparent Life)

La Vita Trasparente (The Transparent Life)

Gregg Chadwick

La Vita Trasparente (The Transparent Life)
48"x36" oil on linen 2012

Inspired by the poem
La Vita Trasparente by Luigi Fontanella:

Luigi Fontanella

Apre la città le sue strade,
corrono biciclette senza persone,
alla finestra s'affaccia
e sparisce un volto di donna,
le vetrine offrono sessi
per ogni stagione,
giro di vite:
balla una coppia agile e magra
nella piazza deserta,
la corsa degli uomini,
agita chiome il bosco
in controluce,
passi su foglie
e solchi di fango duro,
viale d'autunno
carrozza regale
pioggia di rugiada
e di carta:
la vita trasparente.

The Transparent Life
by Luigi Fontanella
(translation by W.S. di Piero)

the city opens its streets,
bicycles go by riderless,
a woman's face in a window
appears then vanishes,
shop windows offer fetishes
for every season,
lives turning,
a slender agile couple dances
in the deserted piazza,
the race men run,
the hairy woods shivering
against the grain of light,
footsteps on leaves
a furrow of stiff mud,
avenue of autumn
royal coach
rain of dew
and paper -
the transparent life.

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Luigi Fontanella

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Venetian Night

La Notte
Gregg Chadwick
La Notte
14"x11" oil on linen 2012

La Notte, my latest painting, was begun shortly after I returned from my latest excursion to Venice, Italy. Venice, poised between sea and land, is a place where light, shade, color, and reflection merge and recombine in the city's watery environment. In this mirrored world, past and present seem to coexist. History’s shadows slide in and out of darkened alleys and slip along narrow canals.

The color and light found in the artworks of the Venetian painters Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, and Tiepolo, seen up close in the city of their creation, is always revelatory. These artist's artworks glow like light upon water. This effect of reflected, sparkling light bouncing off canals, is called gibigiane in Venetian dialect. The liquid nature of transparent oils glowing from within, as if light lived within the pigment, seems to fix this quixotic glow onto canvas.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Now Represented by the Sandra Lee Gallery!

I am honored to announce that my artwork is now represented in San Francisco and the Bay Area by the 

Sandra Lee Gallery
251 Post Street, Suite 310
San Francisco, CA 94108
tel: 415.291.8000

Four of my latest paintings are hanging in the gallery, including my most recent artwork - West Village Reader (see below). Please stop in to view the art and say hello to Sandra Lee.

West Village Reader

Gregg Chadwick
West Village Reader
14"x11" oil on linen 2012